About the Event

Each year, the Arts Council brings together Lansing’s growing arts community to kick off the holiday season at its annual Holiday Glitter & Applause Awards. This popular event brings together area artists and their supporters in celebration of the arts scene in the Metro Lansing area. 

Holiday Glitter & Applause Awards traditionally welcomes more than 200 guests and serves as a celebration of the arts. It also provides the Arts Council the opportunity to honor artists, supporters and leaders in the Capital Region with our annual Applause Awards.

The aim of the Applause Awards is to recognize individuals, businesses, organizations and other advocates who have made significant contributions to the arts in the Capital Region through their leadership, commitment, vision and support.

Award Categories

Ted Sondag Individual Leadership Award

The Individual Leadership Award recognizes an individual in the Capital Region who has made significant contributions to the arts or to the mission of the Arts Council through their leadership, commitment, vision and support.

2019 Winner: April Clobes

Business Leadership Award

The Business Leadership Award recognizes a business or corporation for their leadership, commitment and vision in support of the arts or to the mission of the Arts Council through contributed know-how, significant financial or in-kind support or development of exemplary alliances that have provided valuable support to artists and/or arts and cultural organizations in the capital region.

2019 Winner: Lansing Board of Water & Light

Civic Leadership Award

The Civic Leadership Award recognizes the significant contributions of an elected or appointed individual/organization (including city, village, township, county or downtown development authority) through their leadership, commitment, vision and support of arts and culture in the Greater Lansing region.

2019 Winner: City of Lansing Mayor Andy Schor

Individual Artist Award

The Individual Artist Award recognizes an individual who lives in the tri-counties who exemplifies leadership, quality and an expansive work portfolio/resume in any of the following mediums: visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, and/or the design field, who has received local, statewide, and /or national acclaim and has made significant impact on our community through the practice and production of his/her art form.

2019 Winner: John Dale Smith

Arts and Cultural Organization Award

The Arts & Cultural Organization Award recognizes non-profit and public organizations and/or programs within the Capital Region that are of high artistic quality and serve to enhance life in our community through the arts, culture or creativity. The award pays special attention to both long-standing programs and organizations that have played a consistent role in the community and new organizations and programs that meet a previously unmet community need or focus area.

2019 Winner: Lansing Symphony Orchestra

Arts Educator Award

The Arts Educator Award recognizes the work and dedication of an arts educator (elementary, secondary, college/university, and/or community instructor) in helping and mentoring organizations and individuals (youth and/or adults) to uncover a greater capacity to create, connect and deepen artistic pursuits and relationships with their community.

1029 Winner: Dionne O'Dell

Creative Community Award

The Creative Community Award recognizes significant achievements and projects that exemplify best practices in creative placemaking by any of the following or a combination of the following: individuals, nonprofit organizations, corporations, local municipalities, neighborhood associations, commercial associations, school and/or any other entity.  Award winners will have contributed to the making of great places where ideas, leadership and persistence play a vital role in creating vibrant, thriving and livable places in our region.

2019 Winner: Greater Lansing Association of Realtors

Applause Award nominations are now closed until 2020.

Past Award Recipients


Business Leadership Award

The Scott Gillespie Company

Creative Community Award

Terry Terry

Arts Organization Award

Capital City Film Festival

Individual Artist Award

Ben Graham

Arts Educator Award

Mark Mehaffey

Ted Sondag Award

George Orban and Rae Ramsdell


Civic Award

Mayor Virg Bernero, City of Lansing

Business Award

Friedland IndustrIes, Inc.

Creative Community Award


Arts Organization Award

The Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Individual Artist Award

Brian Whitfiled

Arts Educator Award

Jeff Croley

Ted Sondag Award

Tom Ferris


Arts and Cultural Organization Award

Keys to Creativity

Arts Educator Award

Laura Gajewski

Civic Leadership Award

East Lansing Arts Commission

Individual Artist Award

Chad Badgero

Creative Community Award

Allen Neighborhood Center

Business Leadership Award

Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau

Ted Sondag Individual Leadership Award

Julie Pingston


Creative Community Award

REO Town Commercial Association

Arts Educator Award

Tina Newhauser

Arts & Cultural Organization Award

Impression 5 Science Center

Individual Artist Award

Craig Mitchell Smith

Civic Leadership Award

Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP)

Civic Leadership Award

Ingham County Board of Commissioners

Ted Sondag Individual Leadership Award

John Loose


Business Leadership Award Lansing Community College Dr. Brent Knight

Civic Leadership Award Nathan Triplett Mayor of East Lansing

Individual Leadership Award Nancy & Gary McRay 


Business Leadership Award City Pulse

Individual Leadership Award Joan & Jerry Mattson


Business Leadership Award Warmels & Comstock, PLLC

Individual Leadership Award Nancy Austin Dixon


Business Leadership Award Peckham, Inc.

Individual Leadership Award John & Beverly O'Malia


Business Leadership Award Jackson National Life

Individual Leadership Award Selma & Stanley Hollander


Business Leadership Award Sutton Advisors

Individual Leadership Award Walt Sorg


Business Leadership Award MSU Federal Credit Union

Individual Leadership Award Kevin & Lauri Draggoo


Business Leadership Award Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Individual Award Chuck Hillary


Business Leadership Award Lansing Community College

Individual Award Suzanne B. Mills


Business Leadership Award CATA

Individual Award J. Irv Nichols


Business Leadership Award Keystone Design Group

Individual Award Basement 5 Plus


Business Leadership Award City of Lansing and Lansing Board of Water and Light

Individual Award Pat Munshaw


Business Leadership Award General Motors Lansing Operations

Individual Award Bob Mellor


Business Leadership Award Parish Corporation


Business Leadership Award Saper Galleries

Individual Award Mary West